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William the Hippo: Celebrating 100 Years at The Met

In 1917, The Metropolitan Museum of Art acquired a small ancient Egyptian faience hippopotamus. Created in a captivating blue, the little hippo quickly won people's hearts. He received his now-famous nickname, William, in 1931, and today he is the informal mascot of the Museum, beloved by museum-goers around the world.

A new display at The Met, Conversation between Two Hippos, celebrates the 100th anniversary of William's arrival at the Museum. In the installation William is juxtaposed with a ceramic hippo created about 4,000 years later by the American artist Carl Walters and recently acquired by The American Wing. The two hippos will be on view from September 12, 2017, through April 1, 2018, in gallery 107.

Whether you are planning to visit the hippos in person or celebrate William's centenary from afar, you can explore different aspects of his life and story on this page. More content about William will be added during September and October, so stay tuned!

How William Got His Name

Learn the true story in a Now at The Met blog post.

Getting to Know William—Inside and Out

William is x-rayed and examined by Museum conservators in this charming blog post.

Conversation between Two Hippos: A Display at The Met

A new display in gallery 107 commemorates the 100th anniversary of William's arrival at The Met.

Precaution! Look Out for William (Video)

Curator Isabel Stünkel reveals a little-known aspect of William the Hippo.

Egyptian Faience: Technology and Production

In ancient Egypt, objects created with faience were considered magical. See this new essay from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

Hippopotami in Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptians were fascinated by hippos. Learn more in a new essay from the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.

William (360° View)

Discover all the different sides of William.

Ancient Egyptian Hippos: A Selection

Meet other ancient Egyptian hippos on view at The Met.

#MetKids Hippo Hunt

Read fun facts about hippos and follow the clues to find four more hippos at The Met.

Discover Two Blue Hippos with #MetKids!

Look closely at two hippos at The Met and find out how they are the same and different.